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Rockin' baby names: 18 rock song monikers

Sourced from rock songs of old and new, here are some of our favourite baby names scooped from the Billboard charts.

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Plucking baby names from much-loved rock anthems is a growing trend. Here are our favourite moniker-laced rock titles.

Amelia (Joni Mitchell) Making a comeback as one of the top 100 baby names for girls, Amelia—which means to strive or excel—is the namesake of the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic, a Shakespearean name (spelled Emilia in Othello) and has garnered many nicknames including Amy, Millie and Mia.

Angie (The Rolling Stones) Meaning messenger of God like an angel and angelic, the condensed version of Angela gained momentum in 1974 thanks to Mick Jagger's suave lyrics, no doubt.

Bennie (Elton John, "Bennie and the Jets") Generally a nickname of Benedict or Benjamin, Bennie can hold its own for a girl or a boy. It means right-hand son and blessed.

Carey (Joni Mitchell) Used in the male form for Joni's 1971 hit from the Blue album, this gender-neutral name has maintained popularity—think Cary Elwes, Carrie Fisher, Keri Russell and even Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City. With many different variations, play around with the spelling and pick what would suit your bundle of joy the best.


Caroline (Neil Diamond, "Sweet Caroline") Pretty and feminine phonetically, we prefer the French, English and Italian meanings of this name which are song of happiness, joy and strong. But we're very sorry to inform you that the American dub actually means manly.

Cecilia (Simon and Garfunkel) With Latin roots, Cecilia is the namesake of Saint Cecilia the patron saint of music. A perfect fit for a pint-size rocker.

Jonas (Weezer, "My name is Jonas") Very popular in Norway and also as a surname (the Jonas Brothers!) this generally male variation of Jonah means Gift from God in Hebrew. The Swedish translation means dove.

Jude (The Beatles, "Hey Jude") Perhaps most well-known from the Beatles hit song, this much-loved name has biblical roots. It's a book in the New Testament and means the praised one.

Levon (Elton John) A variation of the name Levi, the Elton John song of the same name was inspired by late drummer Levon Helm. Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke gave their son this cool rocker name.


Lola (The Kinks) Of Spanish origin, Lola means strong woman and has been gaining popularity in recent years. Notable mention: Denise Richard's daughter with Charlie Sheen is named Lola.

Maxwell (The Beatles, "Maxwell's Silver Hammer") A Scottish last name, Jessica Simpson helped to boost this gender-neutral moniker into popularity with the birth of her daughter in 2012.

Molly (The Vaselines, "Molly's Lips") Originally a diminutive of Mary, this English name means bitter or of the sea. It's now recognized as it's own name, standing strong on many top baby name lists. It's been referenced in several songs by artists like John Denver, Nirvana, Little Richard and Kings of Leon.

Prudence (The Beatles, "Dear Prudence") Meaning intelligent and cautious, the English name in the popular Beatles song was inspired by Mia Farrow's sister of the same name.


Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac) Borrowed from an old Celtic name meaning the great queen, Rhiannon is also known in Welsh mythology as the goddess of fertility and the moon. A very unique and cosmic name for a sweet babe to bear.

Rosalinda (Billy Joel, "Rosalinda's Eyes") A strong Spanish name meaning beautiful or pretty rose, it's said that people with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves.

Sadie (The Beatles, "Sexy Sadie") Translating to mercy or princess, Adam Sandler named his first daughter Sadie in 2006.

Velouria (Pixies) While not a common name, this newfangled title has been popping up in North America thanks, in part, to '90s rockers the Pixies and their rock anthem of the same name.


Ziggy (David Bowie, "Ziggy Stardust") Taken from the German name Sigfried or Sigmund—which means victorious peace—Ziggy is also the name of Bob Marley's oldest son.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these French baby names:

This article was originally published on Jan 13, 2016

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